sexualhealth

STI and HIV Testing

Are you sexually active?  Ever wonder about HIV and other STIs (sexually transmitted infections)?  Have you incorporated STI screening into your healthcare routine? Come to Student Health Service! STI screening is recommended for ALL sexually active individuals, even without symptoms. The majority of STIs go unnoticed and don't show signs or symptoms until months or even years later which is why regular screening is important. As a reminder, the Penn Student Insurance Plan (PSIP) covers sexual health counseling and/or screening so there is no direct cost to you. For students NOT on PSIP, we offer low-cost STI screening ranging from $10-$30!

If you'd like to make an appointment, you can call 215-746-3535 or make one online.

  • If you are asymptomatic (e.g. without symptoms of an STI), please request an appointment with the Sexual Health Counselor (option 3 online).
  • If you are symptomatic (e.g. have a rash, burning sensation, unusual discharge, etc.) or if you have a known exposure (e.g. your sexual partner told you they tested positive for an STI), please request an appointment with either Women's Health (option 1 online) or Primary Care (option 2 online).

Remember, condoms are the only form of contraception that can prevent against STIs. Stop by our cashier during your visit to pick up free condoms, no appointment needed!

If you'd prefer to vist off-campus sites for HIV testing, click here for more information.

Want more sexual health education? Click here for more information.

Sexual Assault 

There are many resources (listed below) available at Penn for students who experience sexual violence, relationship violence, or stalking. For more information about resources, policies, and reporting options visit Penn Violence Prevention.

Student Health Service

215-746-3535 for the main number

3535 Market Street, Suite 100

Student Health Service can provide medical evaluations and treatment to victims/survivors of sexual and relationship violence regardless of whether they make a report or seek additional resources.  Both male and female providers can perform examinations, discuss testing and treatment of sexually transmissible infections, provide emergency contraception if necessary and arrange for referrals and follow up.  The Student Health Service does not perform forensic rape examinations (see information below). All services are confidential.  Office visits are covered in full by the Clinical Fee and the Penn Student Insurance Plan (PSIP). Charges for lab tests related to a sexual assault are waived.

Forensic Rape Examinations
The Philadelphia Sexual Assault Response Center (PSARC) is designated to provide forensic rape examinations to victims of sexual assault. Member of the Penn community can receive transportation and accompaniment to PSARC by Special Services in the Division of Public Safety. It is recommended that students who wish to pursue legal action, or may want to pursue legal action in the future, receive this examination, which includes a collection of evidence. During this examination victims can receive treatment for injuries and sexually transmitted infections as well as emergency contraception.  In order to preserve evidence victims are advised not to smoke, eat, drink, bathe, douche, brush their teeth, or change their clothes prior to receiving the exam. However, doing any of the above does not mean an exam cannot be performed. While it is highly recommended that victims receive an exam within 72 hours of an assault, there is no official time limit after which an exam cannot be performed.

*Please note that forensic rape examinations cannot be performed at any local hospital unless the victim is being treated there for injuries that are so severe they are considered medically unstable.

For a full list of confidential resources and reporting options, visit the Penn Violence Prevention website.